New Delhi, Oct 24: While accepting the mandate of the people in Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections, Congress, however, on Thursday termed the results as a moral defeat for the BJP, which had lost 22 per cent vote share in Haryana, while its tally in Maharashtra had come down considerably compared to the results of 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
"We accept people’s mandate with honour and humility. It is absolutely clear that it is the moral defeat for the BJP and what they stand for, that has been rejected," said senior Congress leader Anand Sharma.
He said that despite the fact that the BJP had lost 22 per cent vote share in Haryana, it claims to be a big victory, which is dichotomy and ironical.
"The definitions of victory and defeat are fast changing in BJP's lexicon. They lost 22 per cent vote in Haryana. At the time of Lok Sabha elections, BJP had 58.2 per cent of the vote and was leading on 79 seats. They lost the government and they lost the majority and they claim it to be a big victory. This is the dichotomy. It's ironical. We disagree with Amit Shah that BJP has won. Actually, the BJP has lost. Manohar Lal Khattar has lost the moral right to continue", Mr Sharma said.
Referring to the Maharashtra results, the Congress leader said that two days ago the BJP's claim was they will get 240 seats.
"Where are they? Now it's 157. They had majority in 224 assembly constituencies in May 2019 during the Lok Sabha election. Now they have come down to 157. This is the reality," he added.
BJP lost the by-election in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, he added.
"The leaders, like Alpesh Thakur, who defected in Gujarat have also been taught a lesson. We have also won by-elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab", he added.
Mr Sharma said the country faces a deep crisis while the government remains unperturbed and added that their only focus is to fully wrest power using undemocratic means. (UNI)